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Online Master Program in East European Studies

Course Description

There is no better time to get to know Eastern Europe than right now. The region from the Czech Republic to Russia, Estonia to Bulgaria, Poland to Romania, shares a long tradition of communist rule. But that changed 25 years ago, and the seismic shift is still felt across Europe today.

Join us to study on the world’s only online master program in East European Studies. You can stay on the job while gaining the knowledge, professional skills and network you need to become a leader in your field. Choose full-time or part-time study and take advantage of our additional exchange programs and training opportunities.

Our master program will qualify you for higher positions in NGOs, multinational corporations and other international organizations within Eastern Europe, as well as in governmental agencies where your knowledge of Eastern Europe will make you an expert.

At the Center for Global Politics you will earn your master degree in a convenient blended learning program at Freie Universität Berlin, one of Europe's leading universities. You will do most of your studies online and join us in Berlin for short in-house classes twice each year with a diverse range of peers from around the globe. We will provide you with individualized guidance from our distinguished network of international faculty, headed by Prof. Dr. Klaus Segbers.

Come and learn to navigate complexity with us.


East European Studies provides its students with knowledge of Eastern Europe. The advanced graduate degree program teaches the necessary skills for employment by public and private organizations in or concerning the region and also for further scientific work.

The program consists of three different components:
- the online modules offered via our online learning management system
- one-week (Monday through Friday) in-house classes twice a year
- a master thesis.

The complete master program accounts for 120 ECTS credits.

Tuition fees per year of study

- for the full-time option: 5,950 € (plus Freie Universität Berlin university fees of 117,40 €)
- for the part-time option: 3,225 € per year of study (plus 117,40 € Freie Universität Berlin university fees)

Costs arising from the obligatory in-house classes must be paid by the students themselves (travel expenses, room and board).

East European Studies Online has been designed as a two-year full-time study program. In the past, most of our students have successfully managed to combine their studies with the obligations of a full-time job. However, for some students in highly challenging professional contexts, it might be more suitable to study East European Studies Online part-time. If you consider this option, please be aware that you will have to allocate a greater period of time for your studies and tuition fees will be higher.

East European Studies Online offers a virtual exchange option with the Aleksanteri Institute (AI) in Helsinki. One of our modules may be substituted with up to two online modules offered by Aleksanteri Institute (depending on module length and credits).

Without knowledge of at least one East European language, access to the different mind-sets and cultures within Eastern Europe is relatively difficult. Thus, basic linguistic proficiency in one of the national languages of Eastern Europe is an asset.

Learning Objectives

East European Studies Online provides you with the ideal opportunity to gain insight into Eastern Europe, to enhance your global career perspective, and to become part of an exciting network of experts on Eastern Europe while staying on the job. We educate you for success in exciting positions in academia, government, consulting, international organizations, and the media. East European Studies Online offers a holistic educational approach: expertise in relevant knowledge fields, development of your e-competencies, and honing of your soft and intercultural skills.

Visit the Online Master Program in East European Studies page on the Freie Universität Berlin website for more details!

Entry Requirements

Please see website for more details

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